Chaa Creek is a private nature reserve and resort located on 365 acres close to the Maya Mountains, near the Macal River. Since 1981, owners Mick and Lucy Fleming have been welcoming visitors who want to learn more about the land, the history and the culture of Belize with a focus on sustainable, green practices. They have now opened a nature center in addition to the spa and resort. A main building divided into two exhibits showcases Maya history and information about the animals and insects that are native to the country. A short walk away from that building is the butterfly farm and outdoor classroom where rangers allowed me to see Blue Morpho butterflies up close. I was also able to observe them in the varying stages of their life cycles, and I learned how long it takes them about 115 days to go from a pale green egg, to a hungry caterpillar, eventually culminating in a full grown butterfly.